About a month ago, a release date leak on Amazon pointed toward the possibility of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim launching on the Nintendo Switch later this fall, which likely led many to wonder how well the title will play on the Big N’s newest console while in handheld mode. Thankfully, fresh footage from San Diego Comic Con 2017 has now surfaced online showing Bethesda’s acclaimed fantasy-RPG in action on the system’s portable screen.
As seen in the video below from the YouTuber known as FILIP, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim fans can get a gander at the game on the Nintendo Switch handheld, which appears to be running quite smoothly on the smaller screen. In fact, according to FILIP, there weren’t many instances of frame rate drops, and the controls for the title actually seemed to translate well over to the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers.
Nintendo has made the game available to play to the public during Comic-Con 2017, so anyone living in San Diego or those who are planning to visit can stop by to attend the event and give Skyrim on Switch a go. Should the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls series not float one’s boat, however, the company is also offering plenty of other titles to try out on the system as well.
While it certainly appears as if Skyrim will be a great title to have in one’s Switch library – that is, if playing it in portable mode is of paramount importance to fans – one feature not covered in the above video that could leave folks on the fence when making a decision to buy it is the lack of motion controls on display. During E3 2017, Bethesda revealed the ability for Skyrim fans on Switch to unleash loads of arrows with a bow, fight off foes with a melee weapon and shield, and even pick locks by using the appropriate hand gestures while holding the Joy-Cons.
In addition to the Nintendo Switch’s unique motion controls feature, Skyrim will also come to the console with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gear, potentially adding another reason for fans to nab the game for the system and play it for the first time or all over again. Bearing all of this in mind, it will be interesting to see how many copies of Skyrim are sold for the Switch once it releases for the console later this year.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is currently scheduled to launch sometime during the 2017 holiday season.
Source: FILIP – YouTube